Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 22, 2007

NATIONAL

Democrats drop Iraq timeline

Scrambling to send President Bush an emergency war spending bill he will sign, Democratic leaders have decided to drop their insistence on a timeline for withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq. PG 3A

Richardson enters 2008 race

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson formally entered the 2008 presidential campaign, saying that his thick resume offered him an ability tackle the country's problems at home and abroad. PG 4A

WORLD

Palestinian camp under siege

Lebanese troops pounded a Palestinian refugee camp with artillery and tank fire for a second day, raising huge palls of smoke as they battled a militant group suspected of ties to al-Qaida in the worst eruption of violence since the end of the 1975-90 civil war. PG 8A

Fire damages famous clipper

London's famous maritime landmark, the Cutty Sark, suffered substantial damage after an early-morning fire engulfed the ship and destroyed much of its deck and planking. PG 9A

MARYLAND

Hopkins aid officer quits

A top financial aid officer at the Johns Hopkins University has resigned after an internal investigation concluded she violated conflict-of-interest policies and received consulting fees from multiple student loan providers, the college announced yesterday. PG 1A

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-13.65

13,542.88

NASDAQ -- UP

+20.34

2,578.79

S&P -- UP

+2.35

1,525.10

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.13

350.18

NAACP delays move to D.C.

The NAACP's long-planned move to Washington is on hold for now. Its leaders told Washington's mayor that the organization would not be able to afford the estimated $20 million move. PG 1A

SPORTS

O's triumph at Hall of Fame

The Orioles defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 13-7, in the Hall of Fame Game exhibition before a sellout crowd of 9,791 in Cooperstown, N.Y. Aubrey Huff hit a three-run homer, and top prospect Brandon Erbe pitched four scoreless innings. PG 1E

TODAY

Baltimore's Cannes connection

Baltimore helped rock the Cannes Film Festival Saturday night with a screening of the U2 concert documentary U23D, produced by former Baltimore Ravens President David Modell and his brother, John, and co-directed by Baltimore native Mark Pellington. PG C1

The good and bad of `Idol'

Tonight and tomorrow, American Idol is poised to the have one of its most competitive finales ever. To celebrate the occasion, we recount the best and worst moments of Idol's season six. PG C1

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